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CAMP Cairn | April 2020
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  The phrase “Social Distancing” will most certainly define 2020 and will likely change the way we shop, recreate, and work for years to come. 

Because of this mandated social distancing, many of us are balancing new roles as stay-at-home parents, teachers, and remote employees or business owners. The hours in our days are stretched even thinner than they were before with the impossible pressures of being “plugged in” at all hours of the day. Meanwhile, we are all navigating a scary and uncertain time as we attempt to keep ourselves and those we love safe and well. 

Maintaining professional connection may understandably not be at the top of our “to do” list these days. Yet as we navigate our new “distant” world, it is important to remember that what we are really practicing is physical distancing. As human beings, we can and must remain socially connected – even in times of pandemic. And as a community of lawyers, we can and must remain professionally connected even when we are physically apart.

In these uncertain times when every member of our community is impacted by this ever evolving crisis, this is in fact a wonderful and opportune time to discover, reconnect, or expand the professional relationships in your world.


Mentoring During a Pandemic
Legal mentoring looks different today than it did two months ago. Typically when we talk about mentoring we are focused on achieving career objectives, developing professional identity, or improving practice competencies. Today, however, there are so many other things to worry about that are more critical than resume building. 

At some point in the future, those things will become important again, but right now, there is a more fundamental aspect of mentoring that is vital to emphasize: mentoring is a personal relationship based on caring, support and trust. Keeping that relationship active can help mentors and mentees better manage stress, anxiety, frustration and loneliness during a period of isolation.

People need each other now more than ever. If you are in a mentoring relationship, whether formally through a program or informally on your own, you need to let your mentoring partners know that you care, you are interested in how they are doing, and that you are available and supportive in this difficult time. Here are few suggestions for how to do that:


1.    Check in with each other regularly, via video call if at all possible. Email is fine for just checking in and saying hello. Phone calls are much better because hearing your voice is more immediate and personal. But video is the most powerful and engaging method of communicating across distances. It’s incredibly easy today to set up a video call on zoom, facetime, skype or some other app, and there’s no reason not to do it from time to time. Video ensures that you pay attention to each other, promotes more meaningful conversations, reinforces trust, and creates a stronger feeling of connection. Seeing and paying attention to each other’s gestures and facial expressions, and being able to focus on and react to the same thing instantaneously as we interact in a video chat, can preserve some of the in-person contact that we crave.

2.    Help each other adapt and cope. Discuss how you’re both managing while you’re stuck at home. Whether you are a professional with 25 years of experience or a very junior lawyer, we are all new at this. Everyone is learning how to adapt and cope, and some people are doing better at it than others, no matter their age, position or intellectual brilliance. People who rarely or never worked from home before may be having a tough time; even people who are accustomed to working from home may be struggling with isolation or with the added burden of spouses sharing workspace and childcare responsibilities. Discuss your mutual fears, concerns and challenges. Edify and learn from each other. If you are adept at the technical issues of remote work and your mentor isn’t, offer some helpful tips. If you are an older mentor who has survived other ordeals in the past, provide reassurance to a young mentee that “we will get through this.”

3.    Get to know each other better. With everyone working from home, we are growing accustomed to seeing kids on laps and pets wandering in and out during zoom meetings. We are getting a better sense of how others live and the kinds of pressures they face. Use this time to learn more about each other, and to practice empathy and compassion. This greater understanding can deepen your relationship.

4.    Remind each other that you have much to be grateful for. Amid all the dislocation and anxiety, it is essential to acknowledge how fortunate you are. No matter how hard things get, tell each other about something you are grateful for that day, whether it is the ability to keep working while at home, the opportunity to have more time with your family, the beauty of the view from your window, your own good health, or the people who are bravely continuing to serve your community by delivering your groceries, teaching your children online, or providing health care under dire conditions.

These simple steps will benefit both mentor and mentee, and will help your mentoring relationship survive and thrive during this challenging period. It will also strengthen the interpersonal skills that will serve you well in relationships with clients, colleagues and others when the virus danger is gone and “normal” life resumes.

Of course many of you are still focusing on your career development goals during this time. If you are launching a new virtual mentoring relationship or you are transitioning your in-person relationship to a virtual one, we have created a helpful webinar with best practices and tips for maintaining a successful virtual mentoring relationship.
Check it out here: 



Ultimately though, this event grants us the opportunity to support each other and do our best to foster well-being in our entire community. It begins with your family and caring for yourself and for those closest to you, and it extends as far as the international community as each of us does our part to stem the spread of the virus.

The thread of optimism that I am hanging on to right now is that this crisis is such a bold, concrete reminder of our interconnectedness. Something we all treasure, and maybe take for granted. Please know that I am beaming stamina, energy, clarity of thought and love to each of you. If you need to blow off some steam, talk something through, or get a new perspective, I am available for phone or zoom support anytime, just email me and we will set something up.

So let's stay connected. Let's be there for each other. I am here for you.


Segments adapted from Ida Abbott Consulting, LLC
CAMP Upcoming Events

It is no longer sufficient to simply be a smart attorney. You must be as comfortable marketing and selling as you are practicing law. Develop your practice by choice, not chance. If your goal is to be a rainmaker and grow a profitable practice, it is time to develop your plan. Contrary to popular belief, there is no personality type or gender that makes a good rainmaker. There is also no single approach or method that makes rainmaking easier. The road to rainmaking is paved by the bold, the driven, the decisive, the committed, and the consistent. Join our panel of experts to learn the keys to building your own rainmaking pathways.

Panelists:

Kathryn Reilly
Christine Hernandez
Franz Hardy


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Join the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program to learn from financial planners and experts on how to create financial well-being! Topics to be discussed include student loan management, retirement planning, and budgeting.


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Lawyers of the future? will need to develop new leadership literacies in order to transition to a new way of leading if they want to be successful as the practice of law continues to evolve. This event is for up-and-coming legal professionals and practitioners looking to advance their career with purpose and vision while creating a path for leadership. Join our panel of experts to explore imperative leadership literacies including diversity & inclusion, design thinking, and multidisciplinary teams.

Panelists:

Phyllis Wan
Mark Beese
Gabriela Sandoval

 

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To attend in person, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-literacies-tickets-81791609907

To attend via live webinar, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4952419577157039628


 


Putting the “Pros” back in Pro Bono

The profession, courts and bar associations are seeking ways to engage lawyers in pro bono work.  Recognizing the need to address the changing legal profession and striving to create innovative and meaningful opportunities to improve access to justice, the Succession to Service Program seeks to catalyze Colorado’s lawyers to provide service to nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public service entities.
 

Succession to Service is about relationships. We are a program that brings good lawyers and good causes together. We believe that the health of our community can be measured by the relationships formed between volunteer lawyers and the nonprofits they serve. Our aim is to build a program that overcomes barriers that may keep volunteer lawyers and nonprofits from finding each other, working together, and developing strong relationships.


The goal of the Succession to Service Program is to establish a structured, statewide program for Colorado’s experienced lawyers and judges to partner with nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public interest entities to influence the continuing need for equal access to justice.
 

Lawyers are matched with nonprofit organizations, legal services programs, and the courts to provide essential legal assistance to underserved populations. Using their specialized skills and experience to do engaging pro bono work, participating lawyers remain active members of the legal community and help Colorado’s courts and service providers expand and enhance the pro bono legal services they offer.

Click below to learn more or join us today!

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Quick Tips For Self-Care
         
      If you don’t make self-care a priority, you will be “running on empty” and diminish your quality of life.  Here are some tips for changing those habits that keep you from feeling your best:
 
1. Be yourself.  First, we have to know who we are, and then we have to be dedicated to speaking and behaving in ways that align with that self.  Being inauthentic requires a tremendous amount of energy you could be spending elsewhere. 

2. Don’t compare yourself to others.  Be who you want to be, not who you were taught to be. 

3. Recognize that being vulnerable is a strength, as is asking for help when we need it.  Be honest about how you are feeling, and use your emotions as motivation for change. 

4. Appreciate yourself and those around you.  Let go of judgment. 

5. Create quiet time for yourself. You need time every day during which you can relax, and not respond to anything from the external world.  

Need ideas for self–care?  Your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program can help.
For more information or for confidential assistance, please contact your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program at 303.986.3345 or visit our website at www.coloradolap.org.






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